Two of the Bay Area’s top lawyers often find themselves on opposite sides of high profile police misconduct cases. One is a plaintiff lawyer who often sues police departments, another defends officers in and out of court. Here’s a story of their battle told through a few cases.
Twenty-two-year-old Kamani Holmes has dark skin, stands about six feet tall, and wears a full beard across his face. A Black Power fist adorns the center of his grey hooded sweater with the words “Movement Warriors” across the bottom. His light blue jeans perfectly match the tint of blue in his Jordan sneakers. Then, there’s the bracelet.
In the year after its approval by California voters, Proposition 47 led to the release of over 4,500 inmates from the state’s overcrowded prison system—and some law-enforcement officials are blaming the releases on a statewide increase in crime. But a new report says the data just doesn’t back up that claim.
It was just after 6 o’clock on Saturday outside of Bows and Arrows in Berkeley when people started pulling up with bikes. First one, then two, then three—then over a dozen. They were there for T-Mack.
With rising demands for more accountability, Oakland’s IT Department is building tools to make police investigations run more efficiently with the help of citizens.
Last year, Oakland’s homicide numbers rose for first time in two years. As a result, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) convened a town hall in Oakland.
Men Creating Peace (MCP) is one of the few domestic violence organizations in Alameda County specifically geared towards men. Founded in 2009, the organization aims to help men who’ve been involved in violent acts adopt coping mechanisms so that they can develop healthier relationships with partners, family and their community.